Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Please take a look at the week’s announcements.
Easter is Fifty Days Long! Keep celebrating this Risen Christ! While our baptismal font remains in the aisle for the season, to remind of of resurrection, baptism and New Life, try to find a way to celebrate Easter each day. Here’s one suggestion: take a walk and count how many different plants and trees are in blossom. Give thanks to God for the way your life is blossoming.
Family Service at 10 am this Sunday. Kids should gather in the Narthex at 9:55 am for the procession.
Celebration of the Life of Hugh Wallace – Saturday, May 11 at 1 pm, with a reception on the Parish Hall. Parishioners are asked to contribute finger desserts. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. In lieu of flowers, the Wallace family asks for donations for ground-cover and tree planting for the parking lot islands. Parking for the service is likely to be overflowing – if you are able, please plan on parking on Knollandale Road or Northfield Road (both down Long Hill Road towards the station) and walk up along the side-walk.
Mother’s Day – May 12. At both 8 & 10 am we’ll have prayers and pink carnations to honor or remember all our mothers. The Rev. Shawn Carty will be the preacher of the day.
Looking ahead in Easter Season – please keep the following dates in mind.
- May 26, Rogation Sunday – Blessing of the Gardens
- May 30, Ascension Day – Evensong
- June 9, Pentecost
Congratulations to our Confirmands! Jessica Gillespie and Kara Phillips will be Confirmed by Bishop Carlye Hughes Saturday in a diocesan service at Grace Church in Madison. Abigail Saitta will be Confirmed at the Cathedral in Newark on May 18th. All our Confirmands will be celebrated at the 10 am service on June 2. Please offer your prayers of thanksgiving and blessing for these young people who have made an important step in their life of faith.
Bible Study this week, Wed. at 10:15 am in the Rath House. We’ll discuss Chapters 1 & 2 of Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense by N.T. Wright. Copies of the chapter are available on the table on the Narthex – whether you can come to the group or not. Everyone is encouraged to give the handout (and book) a try. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Vacation Bible School: Save the Dates – Sun., June 23 – Thur., June 27, 6:00-8:30 pm for “Aslan is on the Move” a Narnia-themed program. This will be an inter-generational experience for kids, adults, and families, starting with a simple dinner. This is something to invite friends and neighbors to. Look for more information soon!
Next Sunday’s Gospel Box – an opportunity for adults, kids, and families to read the coming Sunday’s Gospel passage and discuss and wonder about it together. The full set of readings for each Sunday are here: www.thelectionarypage.com.
May 5, Easter 3 – John 21:1-19
After the Resurrection Jesus appears to the disciples on the beach, and they share a breakfast of bread and fish. How does Jesus show up in meals you share with others? How does his presence give you strength to minister to others?
May 12, Easter 4 – John 10:22-30
Jesus compares himself to a shepherd, and his followers as sheep that hear his voice and follow. In what ways do you hear Jesus’ voice?
FUN & FUNDRAISING
Thanks to Jackie Sullivan and her crew for making our Spring Fish & Chips a wonderful community event. We served 155 dinners and welcomed lots of parishioners, friends, neighbors, and new guests. Good job, everyone!
ShopRite Cards – everyone needs groceries! You may purchase ShopRite cards as a gift or for yourself on Sundays during Coffee House or at the parish office. You pay face value and 5% goes to All Saints’ ministries. Purchase with check or cash. Please speak to Barbara Barbeau.
THY KINGDOM COME
In the days between the Feast of the Ascension and Pentecost (May 30-June 9), the Archbishop of Canterbury has called us to join with Anglicans (Episcopalians) and other Christians throughout the world to pray for God’s kingdom to come “on earth as it is in heaven” as Jesus taught us. That means praying daily for people in your life (individuals or families) to know the love of God in Jesus, as well as praying for a blessing of the common good of our communities, that they will reflect God’s wholeness, peace, and justice. In particular, you are invited to think of five people you know to choose to pray for during this time.
There will be some resources, and particular opportunities to engage in prayer with others in this effort. Those resources will be available soon. In the meantime, here’s a link to the website: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/about-us
5/8 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
5/9 Eucharist & Healing Church, 7:00 am
Junior Choir Choir Room, 5:15 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room 7:30 pm
5/11 Wallace Funeral Church, 1:00 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Creation Care – One aspect of our faith is our stewardship of God’s good Creation. Especially in this Easter season when we celebrate the redemption of all that God has made, it is important to consider how we are caring for Creation.
The Episcopal Church is putting a particular focus on Creation Care. Follow this link to see some of the things the Church is invoved in and offering: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/creation-care.
How might the Holy Spirit be calling or moving you (or us as a parish) to be more faithful in care for God’s Creation?